5 Tips for an Energy Efficient Home
Now that summertime is in full swing, you’ll probably get the sweats. Not just from the temperature, but from looking at your rocketing utility expenses! If you’re ready to make your home more energy efficient, following these tips from Ottawa real estate agents to protect the environment (and your wallet):
Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat
If you adjust your thermostat up about seven or eight degrees when you’re out of the house during the day, it will cut your energy usage by ten percent. With a programmable thermostat, the temperature automatically lowers when you’re gone, and starts to increase so it’s at the perfect temperature when you get home. The recommended daytime temperature is 78°F (25.6°C) and the evening temperature in your home should be around 70°F (21°C). If you find yourself getting too hot, peel off the layers before you dare adjust the thermostat.
Buy a Ceiling Fan
If the temperature still feels a little warm even with the thermostat set to 21°C, a ceiling fan can help cool you down by circulating air. You want the air to blow downward in the summer. There are a lot of models on the market, so you want to choose one that is energy efficient and promotes air circulation. You can buy a quality ceiling fan for only a couple hundred dollars, and it will make a big difference in your comfort and your energy bills.
When you allow direct sunlight to beam into your home all day long, of course those hot rays are going to increase the interior temperature of your house. To prevent this, add blinds, drapes, and shades to your windows, especially the ones which have the most daytime exposure to sunlight. Plus, you can let your personality “shine” as window treatments enhance the décor of the room.
Keep Doors Open
If you keep doors closed throughout your house, air doesn’t have a chance to circulate. A home with closed doors can feel a little stiff and stagnant. Let the air room free and circulate by keep doors open as often as possible. Hang a curtain across the door frame from some added privacy.
Close Off Vents
You don’t want that precious cool air that you’re paying to be wasted on a vent in a closet or unused guest bedroom! Take a walk through your house and close off any vents that are located in a unused or rarely trafficked area of the house. If you have a kid who will be away at summer camp, for example, the vent in their room can be closed off to save on energy costs.
These recommendations will keep you cool this summer, without freezing your funds. For more handy tips, contact Ottawa real estate agents Geoff & Bobbie McGowan.